I love this activity! It is so much fun to do with kids of all ages. My daughter is 16 months and she was able to participate by helping to break up and sort the crayon pieces. She was present throughout the whole process, from placing the molds in the oven to removing them and placing them in the freezer as well as helping to pop the new crayons out of the molds.I plan to continue this activity throughout her childhood and watching as she participates more and more to the point of managing the entire activity <3
This is a great way to upcycle all of those broken crayons piling up or the over flow of crayons from happy meals, restaurants, goodie bags, etc. ;-) I actually bought a box of 64 crayons from the dollar store, since our crayon stash is actually not that big currently, haha. You can essentially make any shape, in this case we made hearts to give away as Valentine's Day gifts.
What you will need:
- Crayons (broken up and paper removed)
- Oven-proof silicon mold
- Cookie sheet
1. Preheat oven at 250 degrees for about 10 minutes or so.
2. Remove the paper wrapping from the crayons, break up and sort the crayon pieces in a silicon mold (make sure it is oven- proof!)
3. Put the silicon mold on a baking tray and place in the oven for about 10 - 15 minutes (until crayons are melted completely.
4. Remove from the oven and let sit at room temperature and cool for about an hour.
5. Then pop them in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
6. Pop your brand new crayons out of the molds and have some coloring fun!
Here is a photo of what we did with this batch for Valentine's Day.
We made little baggies filled with our crayon hearts, heart stickers
and a little notebook to doodle in.